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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

I just wanted to pass along this rec to anyone interested – it’s a great autobiography, INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL by Harriet Jacobs. I’m really moved by her honest retelling and it’s amazing to me this was written in the 1800s. Really, she wrote it for Northern people to read so that they would be well aware of the horror of slavery.

While in Charleston this summer, I did a tour of McLeod Plantation, which focuses on the enslaved female experience, and that tour was so remarkable (and horrific) that I wanted to dig deeper. It’s tough to read at times for obvious reasons, but powerful, especially when you remember it was written during a time when this was all legal in some states.

I was able to read it for free on Amazon and it’s one of those books that’s so old it’s easy to get a hold of. Highly recommend if you wanna go down this rabbit hole in history or revisit some of our current issues in light of #BLM and other movements.


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